The Magnificent 12: The Trap by Michael Grant (2011)

he walked through the sea of stalactendrils like one of those impossibly pretty girls who are always walking through fields of flowers in TV commercials for pharmaceutical products that turn out to cause oily discharge or make your hair fall out (p 171).

magnificent12thetrapMack continues the search for the remaining Magnificent 12 in The Trap. With Lepercons, Tong Elves, Skirrit and the beautiful but deadly Risky hard on his heels, he travels to China accompanied by former bully turned bodyguard Stefan Marr and Jarrah Major, a girl with the enlightened puissance. 

Grant continues to have fun with his story and while the novelty is gone, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Fans of the first book, The Call, will eagerly devour the sequel. There are a number of contemporary pop culture references that may date this book rather quickly (I’m giving Beiber another year and then… who knows what name will be shouted from the mouthes of babes).

Library copy (print) | August 23, 2011 | Katherine Tegen Books | 304 pages | ISBN: 978-0061833687 | Ages 9-12 | $16.99

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